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Old 04-01-2014, 09:50 AM   #1
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Low-cost alarm system!

I found this GE self-contained battery-powered alarm at Wal-Mart for only $12.97 and thought it would be great for a little protection in the MH. It has a keypad so you can set a 4-digit security code.

There are two modes, home and away. The mode is changed by a slide switch on one side. In the home mode there is an instant alarm when the door is opened. In the away mode, you have a 45 second exit delay and a 30 second entry delay. You dial your 4-digit code to arm or disarm.

I had to mount it above the door instead of on the side where I wanted to put it. The magnet attaches to the door and the unit to the door post. There was not enough space on the side between the door and the post for me to put the magnet without it hitting when the door is opened. In my case I had to glue spacers to the magnet to get it out even with the unit. The allowable gap between the magnet and the unit is not great. I didn't want to drill into the leather around the door so I attached the main unit using double-sided tape. I cemented the magnet to the door

Yeah, I know, someone can snatch it off the wall and stomp it, but what do you expect for $12.97! That sucker is LOUD and hopefully it will make the intruder run for the hills. At least if we're there I will have time to grab the pistol beside the bed and exercise my right to defend my family and property!

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I like it Joe. Thanks for sharing and the install pic's.
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The location is great not many would look up to disarm it and in the confusion may just skedaddle, certainly worth what you paid and then some.
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Thanks for sharing, Joe.
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Thanks for sharing Joe. Most burglars don't like noise and will usually take off when a siren goes off. It's worth the $12.95!
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You certainly get some peace of mind for pocket change but keep in mind that most kids know they can just smash the thing to silence it.

Personally since it's such a low price I'll get one to wake me on someone entering, but in away mode the most I think it will protect against is little kids in the campgrounds getting into their first mischief.
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For this alarm you need a few items: Large dog dish (2) some kibble (Optional) and water,, Set dishes outside RV, a few bits of kibble in one water in the other.

Inside. Plastic Roteweiller (Concrete would be better but much much heavier) Modified as follows.. Motion detector eyes, Digital sound player with barking/growling rottweiler recorded.


When the burglar breaks in, the statue sees him (he's already seen the dishes) and growls.. Now that will be one ALARMED burglar.

Oh a video camera properly positioned to catch the transformation of his pants from whatever color they were to brown and his face from it's natural color to white.. That would help the PD identify him.
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Joe, what section did you find it in at walmart? Looks perfect to wake me up if someone were to come in as I am a heavy sleeper. Like you I just need a little warning so I can make sure it is the last home that burglar will ever break into.
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Joe, what section did you find it in at walmart? Looks perfect to wake me up if someone were to come in as I am a heavy sleeper. Like you I just need a little warning so I can make sure it is the last home that burglar will ever break into.

It was in the hardware area with the wireless thermometers, etc.
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When I went to amazon to buy an alarm like this one I found this alarm for just a few dollars more which will also cover three windows. For my use, I may use a window sensor on the door instead, so that I can place the keypad in a less vulnerable location.


GE 51107 Personal Security Alarm Kit by GE http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00032AVN6/..._i6bptb006K8XN
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When I went to amazon to buy an alarm like this one I found this alarm for just a few dollars more which will also cover three windows. For my use, I may use a window sensor on the door instead, so that I can place the keypad in a less vulnerable location.


GE 51107 Personal Security Alarm Kit by GE Amazon.com: GE 51107 Personal Security Alarm Kit: Home Improvement
That's a great buy!
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That's a great buy!
Until I saw this I had totally overlooked that my coach also has a driver's door that needs protection.
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Speaking from strictly a law enforcement point of view, just attach warning stickers from radio shack or home depot on all windows and doors. that alone is a big deterrent to any would be burglar.
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